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Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:30 am
by XM606
Hello from Texas. I am a big fan of Cold War Bombers, especially the Avro Vulcan and B-1B. This probably has something to do with the fact that my father was an EWO in B-52s and a WSO in B-1s. All in all I like all aviation but Cold War aviation is my favorite and especially its bombers interest me. Looking forward to sharing pics and info. I chose XM606 as a SN since it happens to be on display at the same place I was born.

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:34 am
by Xplumberlives
Welcome aboard XM, good to have you with us.

As you can see, we are keen on heavy metal too.

Start posting pictures as soon as you like! ;)

Dave

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 12:34 am
by Cluny
Welcome to Iconic XM606 :)

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:00 am
by Jigsaw
A very warm welcome from me :D

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:50 am
by XM606
Thanks for all the warm welcomes everybody.

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 11:54 am
by Olicat
Welcome
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Nice choice :D

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 1:01 pm
by Sooty655
Hi XM606. Welcome to Iconic. :ymapplause:

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:46 pm
by Lucas1860
Hello and welcome.

Jim

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:31 pm
by 34053
Hi XM606. Welcome to IA.

PW

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 6:36 pm
by Mayfly
Welcome to IA 606 - happy posting

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 7:21 pm
by MOD
Hi there. Any interesting photos to post from your Dad's era???

The B-52's TDYs to RAF Fairford were always really special. BTW Does your Dad have any shots of the BUFFS in 'Linebacker' camo? How about posting some of your father's 'War stories' . We are all ears... ;)

Welcome and as we say over here - 'Don't be a stranger'. ;)


Ian

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:45 pm
by RLN
Hello and welcome aboard 606. \:D/

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:56 pm
by XM606
MOD wrote:Hi there. Any interesting photos to post from your Dad's era???

The B-52's TDYs to RAF Fairford were always really special. BTW Does your Dad have any shots of the BUFFS in 'Linebacker' camo? How about posting some of your father's 'War stories' . We are all ears... ;)

Welcome and as we say over here - 'Don't be a stranger'. ;)


Ian


My dad was an Electronic Warfare Officer in B-52Gs from 1982-1987, and a Weapons System Officer in B-1Bs from 1987-1994. So Linebacker was before his time, but he flew with a lot of guys who had flown in Vietnam. I have a couple pics B-52s in Linebacker Camo and I will upload them. I'll look through my dad's collection of photos and see what I can find that is unique.

My father went to war on the ground in Bosnia, a unique experinence for someone who trained to fight a war in the air, he did two tours in Sarajevo with NATO forces there. He does have some interesting stories. He was on the aircrew of the first B-1B to actually conduct a flight display in an airshow in Europe, which I believe was in Mildenhall in 1989. (I'll have to check with him on that, cuz I am not sure of the dates.)

There are a couple stories behind that one. My dad told me at that airshow they parked the B-1B right next to the RAF Display Vulcan at that airshow. (I believe at that time it was XH558, and my dad actually got to look around the cockpit and they of course gave the Vulcan crew a tour of the Bone). My father also told me when they were practicing the flight display before the airshow they did a low-level pass down the runway with full burners on and blew the roof off a house at the end of the runway. When they landed and were coming down the ladder a couple of RAF guys came running over to tell them what they did. My father and the crew apologized and offered to pay for the roof but all the RAF guys were concerned about was whether or not they could do it again during the airshow! :)) My father also made great friends with a RAF Jaguar pilot and they ended up having a few to many in some pub and traded flight suits, which is why I have a RAF Jaguar flight suit in my closet.

My father would actually like to try to track that pilot down, as they haven't spoken in years. Any ideas on how to do that? Is there like an association of Jaguar pilots or something?

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:22 am
by MOD
What are the Squadron badges/name on the flight suit?

There are people here who can take it from there. ;)


Ian

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:51 am
by XM606
MOD wrote:What are the Squadron badges/name on the flight suit?

There are people here who can take it from there. ;)


Ian


Steve Shutt is the name I believe, I am not at home right now as I am on my way to the Texas Bowl but I can find out. Bbut I want to say 41 Squadron. The airshow took place 89-90 so around that time.

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:03 am
by Xplumberlives
Steve Shutt was a well known Jag pilot!


I think he retired as a Sqn Ldr!

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 9:35 am
by Mayfly
Can't help with the jag pilot but I know who was flying 558 at Mildenhall in '89 :D

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:28 am
by Xplumberlives
Mayfly wrote:Welcome to IA 606 - happy posting




A hello from Texas and a reply from a shortarse! :D

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:32 am
by XM606
Xplumberlives wrote:Steve Shutt was a well known Jag pilot!


I think he retired as a Sqn Ldr!


If you have any contact information it would be helpful. You can PM me if you do.

Mayfly wrote:Can't help with the jag pilot but I know who was flying 558 at Mildenhall in '89 :D


My father remembers meeting the Vulcan crew, showing them around the Bone, and also getting to tour the Vulcan but he doesn't remember any names unfortunately. I asked my dad about it yesterday and he told me the thing he remembers from the Vulcan, besides being cramped, was that "it smelled like a Jaguar because of the leather seats." Or atleast thats how he described it. He was of course making a reference to Britons fine contribution to the automotive world.

My father also claims he met/worked with a Blackbuck navigator when he was a NATO officer in the mid-90s. He can't remember the guys name but said he worked at the AFCENT HQ or something. I dunno.

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:54 am
by Xplumberlives
XM606 wrote:
Xplumberlives wrote:Steve Shutt was a well known Jag pilot!


I think he retired as a Sqn Ldr!


If you have any contact information it would be helpful. You can PM me if you do.




I will start searching, can't promise anything but hell longer shots have worked in the past! ;)

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:10 am
by Mayfly
606 I have PM'd you...

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:21 pm
by Xplumberlives
Sad news indeed, I have stopped searching now! :(

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:52 pm
by Jigsaw
Xplumberlives wrote:Sad news indeed, I have stopped searching now! :(


Don't like the sound of that mate :(

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:01 pm
by Xplumberlives
He was killed in a light aircraft crash some while ago!

Re: Hello from Texas

PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:10 pm
by Jigsaw
Xplumberlives wrote:He was killed in a light aircraft crash some while ago!


Very sad indeed. From all accounts he was a top bloke and a cracking pilot. 51 was no age :(